Even though I’ve become a bit of a peacenik I have to say that my reaction to the news of the death of Bin Laden is the same as everyone elses. Killing is a nasty business at its best, but at some point the herd has to cull some of its most dangerous members.  

It sounds like this fairly selective takedown was the result of good police work rather than, say, dropping 500 lb laser-guided bombs and letting God sort them out. I hope this lesson isn’t lost on the next few presidents or their secretaries of defense. The US had time on its side and seems to have used it well.